Samsung unveiled Galaxy A9, the latest in its A series of smartphones, without much hype during its Galaxy A Party 2016 event in China on Wednesday. It is the biggest and most powerful device in the Korean company’s A line of phones. With a huge 6-inch display, and a metal and glass design, the Galaxy A9 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box. Samsung will start selling the device in China later this month.
Galaxy A9 features a huge 4,000mAh battery
The A9 features full HD Super AMOLED display, 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. It is 7.4mm thick, an undetectable 0.1mm thicker than the A7, A5 and A3. The Galaxy A9 has the same design as its smaller siblings. Features and specifications of A9 were leaked several times in the past few weeks.
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Despite its slim design, the phone features a huge 4,000mAh non-removable battery. Samsung has also embedded a fingerprint sensor into the physical home button. Unlike Galaxy S6, the A9 support microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity. Samsung said pricing of the device would be unveiled at a later date. It’s still unclear whether Samsung will launch the Galaxy A9 in other markets.
It boasts of 13MP main camera
The phone will initially ship in white, gold, and pink. The LTE-capable Galaxy A9 features a 13-megapixel main camera with f/1.9 aperture and 8MP front-facing camera. It will be compatible with the Korean electronics giant’s Samsung Pay mobile payment service. The phone’s efficient processor and the lack of a Quad HD display would allow A9’s 4,000mAh battery to last two days of normal usage.
Samsung is also gearing up to launch its next-gen flagship Galaxy S7 in February 2016 ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The S7 will reportedly feature a pressure-sensitive display like 3D Touch in Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The device will be available in two variants — one powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and another running Exynos 8890.